Anti-Trump protesters take to downtown streets after election


A group of people upset with the results of the 2016 Presidential Election took to the streets of downtown Portland Tuesday night.

The anti-Donald Trump protesters started around 11:30 p.m. on the Portland State University Campus. The Portland Police Bureau reported that protesters there was a fire in a dumpster, but that fire did not spread.

While Portland police said there were initially around 50 people protesting, those numbers grew into the hundreds as the group moved through the downtown area.

Both lanes of Interstate 5 shut down between the Marquam and Fremont Bridges as demonstrates marched in the roadway then sat in the middle of the interstate.

Pics: @fox12oregon Protestors march in the I-5 southbound in PDX and protest @realDonaldTrump presidency #fox12— Omar G (@DontPokedaBear) November 9, 2016

Protesters were finally met by Portland police officers and stood with the arms in the air chanting "Stand Up, Don't Shoot."

Video: @fox12oregon protestors encounter the Portland police with their arms up chanting "hands up don't shoot". Police are leaving— Omar G (@DontPokedaBear) November 9, 2016

The group worked their way off of the interstate, leaving I-5 near the Moda Center. The crowds began to disperse around 4:30 a.m.

TriMet saw delays MAX Green and Yellow Lines were delayed in Portland City Center during the beginning of the protest.

The PPB said there were no arrests or significant reports of vandalism, but did note that they received a report of a protester coming into contact with a vehicle on the freeway. Officers said the protester was not injured.

In a release, PPB officials said they understand that people are emotional about the election, but ask that groups that want to protest to communicate with police and avoid walking into freeways.

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